10 Common Habits That Seriously Damage Your Kidneys


Our kidneys are super important for our health. They filter our blood, produce hormones, absorb minerals, produce urine, eliminate toxins, and neutralize acids. So as one of the most important organs in your body, your kidneys deserve some love.

Damage or steady decline of your kidneys can often go unnoticed for years as your kidneys can still do their job with as little as 20% of their capacity. Therefore kidney diseases are often referred to as “The Silent Diseases”. That’s why it is so important to take care of them before it is too late.

Here’s a list of 10 common habits that put a lot of pressure on your kidneys and can cause serious damage over time.

1.    Not Drinking Enough Water

Your kidney’s most important function is to filter blood and eliminate toxins and waste materials. When you don’t drink enough plain water during the day toxins and waste material start to accumulate and can cause severe damage to your body.

2.    Too Much Salt In Your Diet

Your body needs sodium or salt to work properly. Most people however consume too much salt which may raise blood pressure and put a lot of stress on the kidneys. As a good rule of thumb, no more than 5 grams of salt should be eaten on a daily basis.

3.    Frequently Delaying The Call Of Nature

Many of us ignore the urge to go because they are too busy or want to avoid public bathrooms. Retaining urine on a regular basis increases urine pressure and can lead to kidney failure, kidney stones, and incontinence. So listen to your body when nature calls.

4.    Kick The Sugar Habit

Scientific studies show that people who consume 2 or more sugary drinks a day are more likely to have protein in their urine. Having protein in your urine is an early sign your kidneys are not doing their job as they should.

5.    Vitamin And Mineral Deficiencies

Eating a clean, whole food diet full of fresh vegetables and fruits is important for your overall health and a good kidney function. Many deficiencies can increase the risk of kidney stones or kidney failure. Vitamin B6 and magnesium, for instance, are super important to reduce the risk of kidney stones.

An estimated 70 to 80 percent of Americans isn’t getting enough magnesium, so there may be a good chance that you are one of them. Click here to learn more about magnesium deficiencies.

6.    Too Much Animal Protein

Over consumption of protein, especially red meat, increases the metabolic load on your kidneys. So more protein in your diet means your kidneys have to work harder and this can lead to kidney damage or dysfunction over time.

7.    Sleep Deprivation

We have all heard how important it is to get a good night’s rest. Chronic sleep deprivation is linked to many diseases and kidney diseases are also on the list. During the night your body repairs damaged kidney tissue, so give your body the time to heal and repair itself.

8.    Coffee Habit

Just as salt, caffeine can raise blood pressure and put extra stress on your kidneys. Over time excessive consumption of coffee can cause damage to your kidneys.

9.    Painkiller Abuse

Way too many people take painkillers for their small aches and pains, while there are many all-natural, safe remedies available. Excessive use or painkiller abuse can lead to severe damage of liver and kidneys.

10.  Alcohol Consumption

Although there is nothing wrong with enjoying a glass of wine or having a beer once in a while, most of us don’t stop after just one drink. Alcohol is actually a legal toxin that puts a lot of stress on our kidneys and liver.

To stay healthy and avoid kidney issues it is important to eat lots of fresh, whole foods and if you keep the above information in mind and avoid these common habits as much as possible, your kidneys will not be under constant stress and your body will thank you for that.

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Amy Goodrich
Amy is a life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach. She is the founder of the healthy lifestyle website www.Body-in-Balance.org and creator of the online program, www.ThinForever.me. After successfully changing her family’s health and happiness, she’s on a mission to help other people achieve the life and body they want. You can find here on Facebook or Google+ or get her free clean, whole food recipe eBook here: http://www.body-in-balance.org/amys-home-kitchen-recipe-book/

  • Goday

    Blood pressure inside of your kidneys is higher than the blood pressure you measure on your arm. Kidneys produce 3 hormones for management of your health. Kidneys produce hormones Renin, Vitamin D 3 and erythropotein . These hormones control blood pressure, bone resorption and production of Red Bloods cells. There are over 360,000 people on dialysis in the US today, and the list is growing for dialysis clients.

  • Kidney Truth

    there is no evidence that coffee is bad for kidney health. In addition, the other points about alcohol being directly bad or damaging the kidney is completely false without any data. There is no evidence about sleep deprivation and kidney health. Also, most data suggests you only need to drink fluids when you are thirsty–you do not need to force fluids to help the person with expertise in renal physiology and kidney disease

    • Maureen

      You make some useful points but there is evidence that people over the age of 70 lose their thirst response, so don't know when they need to drink water

    • zetajohn

      so what might be the EXACT connections to kidney function decline other than lupus

  • smashingM

    Very educating. Thanks a lot. Will try to answer nature's call on time

  • Dr. Ken Tennant

    Drinking High Fructose Corn Syrup !!! Soda Pop…

  • Annie

    Great information, and advice! Thank you!

  • Stella Ann Rigby

    My sister boils a bunch of celery and a bunch of parsley together and drinks the water to cleanse her kidneys.

  • Dr. David M. Ward

    In what country did you grow up? Where did you obtain your Doctorate degree? There are many things in your article which are simply not true. I have been told I am Superman's little brother. I am a meat eater. All my readings are for a man of 35-38 years of age. I am 52 so your article is just a guess on your part and should be listed only as a theory. Think before you state it as a fact.
    Dr. David M. Ward

    • zetajohn

      so what are the truths about how to hold on to kidney health, without goin on your own perfect health…keep in mind everyone is not the same…is there a whole state of ppl like you, Superman's lil bro?

  • mohammad ayub

    nice information

  • mrgreendude

    Thanks for the information.

  • Because I said!

    Superman's little brother, who is a doctor, just gave us a little personal story with less "meat" in it than the original article and avoided citing any high-sounding studies to prove his point. We are just supposed to take his word for what he says because of his amazing "readings." So funny.

    If you go looking without any preconceived notions, you can find there are lots of reasons to avoid coffee, tea and alcohol. I can't even believe that anyone would say "it isn't so" these days! You just don't want to believe it! I took just fifteen minutes and found many articles citing studies regarding all of those things. And hey, if you "have to have it" and go through nasty withdrawal symptoms if you don't get it, you have to realize it is a drug and you are an addict.

    And sleep deprivation? Goodness! The military is famous for the studies they have done on this! Inadvertently I did my own little person study while raising a large family. I think most people know that if we don't get enough sleep we don't function well, even to causing car accidents. Lack of sleep causes depression and so much more. If during our sleep our body does needed repairs, lack of sleep will have a negative effect on our entire system. You don't need to be a doctor to figure that out!

    But hey, don't listen to me – I am just a normal person and not ever mistaken for a super-hero's relative.

    • zetajohn

      as 1 norm to another – thank you for making that point 🙂

    • Lois

      Sleep deprivation is definitely unhealthy. I have read that people who work at night consistently, have shorter life expectancies. I believe it. From my study of the Chinese Five Element Theory, the liver does most of it's work between 1-3AM. I say DON'T work at night.

  • guest

    When I question an article's veracity, which is almost all the time, I do my own research and cross reference it. It's my body and my health, I don't just take someone else's word. Even then, I take the information with lots of grains of salt, no longer fully trusting even what the universities are publishing. Some of them will no longer publicly disclose their benefactors, so I don't consider them to be fully creditable, and don't waste my time.

    • zetajohn

      I applaud you cause SO MANY ppl don't research…and that is what NaturalNews.com is about, though…reporting stuff you don't see in the "regular" news and sure you may still want to research his stuff but I would be more inclined to consider what he's saying to be truer than many others anymore. But by all means, continue to research and "experiment" on yourself…thas what I've done…try something, if I don't break out or get sick I may do it again, maybe not…I'm grown and I can do what I want with what I want. YAY! for someone willing to do additional research 🙂

  • This are all true and correct. Apparently, we tend to neglect our kidneys due to our eating habits and lifestyle. Aside from that, when taking prescription drugs such as antibiotics, it would help to not go under or over your prescribed dosage in order to prevent damage to your kidneys. Great and informative post. – Alice Walker http://www.removemykidneystones.com/

  • kim

    for me no comments at all,as long as i know whats food im taking everyday…speaking off coffee,about the sleep derivation i remember may grand father who's only sleep around 5 to 6 hours everyday,but he is died at 100 years of age,and he's good health and he is coffee drinker….

  • Lalith Silva

    Great Information. ' Precaution is better than Cure '. Pls. appreciate your system for keeping you fit to perform. The best juice is Nature's Water, Coconut water, Coriander boiled water and all liquids. Pls. act, immediately to ' Nature's Call '.

  • Water love

    If it comes from a plant eat, consider eating it. If it is made in a plant leave it alone.

  • Ebenezer k bentil

    Very educative

  • kamsinger

    Salt is a vital part of our diet, but not common table salt. If people would eat the salt with all the minerals still in them there would be no problem with eating salt. I use Himalayan pink salt and salt my food liberally, in fact many mornings before I eat I have a cup of warm water with Himalayan pink salt which helps to clean out the toxins in my organs from the night rest. People have been fed the wrong information on salt and now we have an epidemic of salt haters blaming salt for high blood pressure and other health issues.

    • Redinky

      Glad to hear I'm not the only person doing this. I drink a soleil every morning with lemon juice. I make mine with pure pink sea salt left in a glass jar. The water will only absorb a certain amount of salt so the remaining crystals sit on the bottom of the jar and all you have to do is refill for the next day. There are over eighty beneficial nutrients you can only get from natural salts. We can't live without them. We've been misled about salt probably by the same people that said coconut oil and butter were bad for you.

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  • Mayank Gupta

    Very information, Found this post very useful. Most people don't think about what foods are good for keeping their liver strong. But, if you have been discovering and using a diet that is good for your overall health, then, most likely you are helping your liver. http://goo.gl/OMQ9hA

  • Baylei

    Good help overall. If someone did some statistics they happy with you. Someones addict to coffee or salt or alcohol they feel uuuur

  • dB

    Number 11 is STRESS and/or ANXIETY

    • Joni Nicodemus

      No doubt! Epidemic in this modern day slavery land!

  • AdirondackAnnie

    I have a son-in-law who was in the hospital twice in a year because he could not urinate. The doctors said his kidneys were failing. My daughter became a vegan and my son-in-law said he would support her and also try it. Within 6 months his urine flow was improving and after a year the doctor told him that his kidneys were back to normal and he was “urinating like when he was a teenager”. He is strict about the diet (eats lots of veggies and NO MEAT of any kind). He has always been an athlete and still runs about 8 miles a day plus lifts weights a couple days a week. He is 50. He believes that cutting out meat and dairy is what helped him. My daughter loves to cook and keeps him in good vegan foods. She makes her own bean burgers from dry beans and doesn’t buy much prepared vegan food.

    • Larry

      Happy for the improvement.

    • Frank Energy

      Animals are really tasty

    • rick

      Wow that is absolutely wonderful and so inspirational! It is amazing how much the body can heal when given a healthy diet. I just made a turmeric tea with dates, sunflower seeds, handful parsley, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove , ginger and some apple and Wow I am feeling so happy and Peppy!! Hurray for Living Healthy!!

  • brain1stmouth2nd

    I am looking for a proofreading job…
    Title: “10 Common Habits That Seriously Damage Your Kidneys”
    Not sure what this means: “4. Kick The Sugar Habit”
    Should we continue to eat sugar?
    It would have been easy to properly word that ‘habit’ so it conformed with the article title. Poor, incorrect writing structure and/or grammar diminishes the legitimacy of an article.

    • Larry

      Please share you corrected version, how will you get the proofreading job without examples of your work. Thanks.

      • Bullfrog

        Overeating sugar…..do I win? Lol….

  • midlandman

    Medical Scientists have determined that there is no safe amount of alcohol. A single glass of wine or a single small beer is too much. Part of the logic lies with the fact that alcohol is poison to humans, but it is also a fact that many of us poison ourselves with consumer products anyway. That is not an excuse, just a flag to check what you put in you, and what you put on you, and what you live in. In any case no amount of alcohol is a safe amount.

    • gairman

      A single glass of wine or 1 beer is not to much. It is only poison in a larger amount. A lot of things can be poison in to high of an amount. Granted though that a lot of people should not drink because they can not stop at just one.

    • chuckmi

      Do you have a link to a study?

      • Lisa Taylor

        i have kidney disease and my Dr. was amazed at how much I improved after cutting out fluoride, water (reverse osmosis), toothpaste (Tom’s) and shower water filter. He admitted to me that in the kidney wing they have reverse osmosis. I asked him WHY don’t you tell your patients about toxic poison fluoride. He looked at me like I was nuts. He won’t have as many patients. $$$

  • That is a really informative post..

  • toolboxforwriters

    BOO-BOO! An estimated 70 to 80 percent of Americans ISN’T getting enough magnesium, so there may be a good chance that you are one of them. AREN’T!!!

  • Michael Haymar

    Some good advice but I must disagree with number 2. Salt is very important for good health you cannot live without it. The reason why too much salt tends to be bad for you is because people eat the wrong kind of salt. Common table salt is not good for you. Instead you should only eat sea salt.

  • Lisa Taylor

    its simple. fluoride is poison! Reverse osmosis removes it from your water and Tom’s non fluoride toothpaste removes it. N-saids are killers as well. You can not trust all bottled water! Also a low not non protein diet. Hope I helped. Fluoride also reduces your IQ by 10 pts. Approved by me before I heard about Mike Adams

  • rick

    I have read that the GMO Glyphosate chemical adversely affects kidney function – well i i suppose its a good idea to live organic to maintain healthy kidneys. Just say No to GMO

  • Thank you for sharing this lovely article with us . there are many people, they really don’t care about their health. We should avoid harmful effects which is coming from our bad habit.

  • Mikael Vitally Vyachesl

    ..nice article !

  • leah johnson

    Do your research. as a top priority, Big corporate and advertising are the enablers as the primary

    cause of our illnesses, of all toxic products, Be aware that your government approves it

    by their silence,for great donations, so quess who allows it?

  • aussiejim

    need to review salt – a lot of new research says it is more dangerous having not enough then having too much and if you take the maximum RDI x 2 you live longer